I was the lucky volunteer asked to coordinate supplies, stations and other volunteers since the regular intake guru was on the transport herself and not able to do all of the preparations at OFOSA. I was super honored that they have that level of trust in me, with it only being the 2nd transport I've helped out with. Can't say I did anything to help improve the process, except perhaps be the one that other volunteers came to so that the real experts could continue their work with minimal interruptions.
|One of OFOSA's intake areas - these guys will be going home to fosters this week.|
Best part of the experience? Getting to help with medical intake and naming the dogs. I love getting more involved with each experience.
The hardest part? Losing two newborn puppies in the process. They had been born the day before they left CA and though we lost two, we prevented the entire litter from losing their lives. I won't even begin to describe the puppy euthanasia room that was described to me. Hearing those tough stories strengthens my commitment to this cause. I hope I can be a small part of ensuring that in the future there is never a need for such a room.
I've also come to realize that I am a sucker for the hard cases. I'm the first to take on a trouble-some dog or ones with medical issues. There was this lil Pitbull puppy with a rather severe club foot. It took everything in me not to take him home to foster. He was silver and white - and really silver, not blue-being-called-silver silver. I didn't get a picture of him 'cause I was too busy lovin' on him. Sorry! But I did get a few pictures of these mangy mutts...literally mangy - I was the one who got to care for them when they arrived and boy are they cute, even with an ucky skin problem.
|Mange is itchy!|
The last dog I felt I really helped was an Aussie with an extremely painful abscessed tooth. She was in so much pain that she just laid on the newspaper-covered concrete floor, not having the motivation to take advantage of the fluffy dog bed right next to her. I didn't think she would make the move but am so glad that I was able to convince her that the bed was a much better option. It's difficult to see a dog that's in so much misery that she can't even move to a more comfortable place. Luckily, she's will be having surgery on that tooth this week so she should be right as rain soon.
|OK - you're right. Doggie bed is much more comfy than concrete and newspapers!|
The pups should be up on OFOSA's Petfinder page within the next couple days. As you can imagine, it takes a while to input all the info on 100 different dogs when you've got an all-volunteer staff.